New Canyon Sender: Much more than light and fast

Today Canyon released the new Sender CFR downhill bike which is said to be lighter and faster than the previous iteration.

Perhaps the bigger win for riders is the prioritizing of rider fit plus the ability to customize the geometry to suit any gravity run or riding style. These features make this new Sender one of the most versatile off-the-shelf, or should that be, out-the-box, gravity bikes on the market.

The new Sender features adjustable reach and chain-stay lengths which enables riders to tune their bike to suit their riding style or the track being raced. The Large and Extra-Large sizes get the full 29er treatment whilst the Small and Medium models run on a mullet setup. Other changes include carbon chain and seat stays, a new shock-mount location and new kinematics which yield less energy-sapping pedal kickback and more progression.

The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Frame weight has been shaved by 600 grams and now sits at 3.2kg w/o shock.


The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Adjustable Reach | All frame sizes feature adjustable reach meaning you can run it in the standard setting, or add 8mm or reduce 8mm. The upside here is you can get that absolute perfect fit you are after plus, you can make minor tweaks to the ride feel depending on whether you are at a fast race track or just looking to boost it up at a bike park with your mates. Across the four frame sizes the reach numbers start at 427mm and run-up to a massive 518mm.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Adjustable chain stays | The size small and medium frame features a 435mm chainstay which through a flip chip can be run at 445mm. The size large and extra-large frames have a 445mm chainstay which can be run at 455mm. Again, the idea here is to be able to tweak the ride characteristics to your preference; short and snappy or long and stable.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Wheel size | The two smaller sizes use a 29er front and 27.5er rear to improve crotch-to-tire clearance for shorter riders. The two bigger sizes use a 29-inch wheel on the front and rear which is rapidly becoming the new norm for gravity bikes.
Troy Brosnan on the new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Pedal kickback | Pedal kickback transmits additional forces through your body instead of through your suspension and in the process saps energy and slows you down. Canyon say they have spent years studying the phenomenon and through Project Disconnect – a partnership with SRAM and the Pforzhelm University of Applied Sciences – were able to design a suspension kinematic to reduce kickback.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Better Big Hit Performance | Canyon have addressed the lack of progressivity of the previous bike which will reduce suspension blow through on big hits.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Durability | The Sender features double sealed bearings, replaceable thread inserts, fully integrated internal cable guides and easily accessed pivots.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Lighter and Lower | Canyon have positioned the shock a little lower in the frame which lowers the center of gravity and improves handling. It is an all-new design which also shaves 600 grams from the top of the line carbon platform.
The new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike
Quiet | Noise reduction features include ample clearance between the chain and chainstay; rattle-free internal cabling lines and an over-the-top chain stay protector.


How did you reduce the weight? The weight savings are the result of small changes. If you had to point to the biggest weight savings, it’d be the move from aluminium to carbon chain and seatstays, but the new seat-tube area also delivered significant savings. On the original Sender, the upper shock mount was integrated in the upper seat tube area, which required additional reinforcing material and, therein, weight. We had to employ some very complex lay-up schedules because we essentially split that portion of the seat tube. The new design is simpler, lighter and equally strong. The lower link is now attached to the downtube, closer to the bottom bracket which is an area already reinforced – and this reduces weight too.

Why are you equipping the small and medium Sender with a 29er front and 27.5 rear wheel? A smaller rear wheel is optimal for some riders in certain situations—for example, on steeper courses where shorter riders, in particular, might want more clearance between themselves and the rear tire. With the mullet wheelsize you get the advantage of the big wheel up front—when the trail gets nasty and rooty, you just fly right over the rough stuff—yet you also get the extra clearance out back.

How did Canyon go about reducing pedal kickback? We experimented with several prototypes and with a variety of main pivot locations to find the best balance of suspension traits. It was a lengthy process in which we partnered with SRAM Germany on Project Disconnect—the development of a unique rear hub that helped us precisely measure the pedal kickback forces present in different frame designs. That R&D process helped us reduce pedal kickback to a level that’s no longer detectable on the trail.

A number of bike brands have used idler pulleys to reduce pedal kickback on their DH bikes. Why didn’t Canyon go that route? Idler pulleys can be effective at reducing pedal kickback, but they also introduce weight, drag, noise, and the unnecessary complexity of an additional part. From our perspective, the downsides of an idler pulley outweigh the gains.


The new Sender is available in two models: Sender CFR which is a SRAM & RockShox build and the Sender CFR FMD which is a Shimano & FOX build. Learn more.

Troy Brosnan on the new Canyon Sender downhill mountain bike


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